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PERMAH, Wellbeing and Friday on Wednesday

Friday, the College facility dog, has become a favourite part of our Wellbeing on Wednesday program, as students and staff take a moment to pause for a positive interaction, a pat, or some playtime with our canine companion.

Barking enthusiastically at the commencement of the day (and more recently, on command!), Friday has become a regular feature of our Wellbeing On Wednesday program, encouraging interaction amongst the staff and students as they prepare to engage with the day’s events and activities.

Frequently seen touring the College grounds during breaks, or accompanying Mr. Kenny on a walk, Friday often acts as conduit for students to come together and connect, encouraging conversations across Year Levels, Houses and between staff and students.

When Friday isn’t occupied by his busy schedule of touring and social engagements, he can be found in the Health Centre with his trainer, College nurse, Lisa McKay, where he provides comfort to students who may be feeling a little under the weather.

Most importantly, in his own tail-wagging way, Friday champions many of the values that the College seeks to foster across our teaching and learning community through our PERMAH framework. PERMAH, which stands for:

Positive Emotions
Engagement
Relationships
Meaning
Accomplishment and
Health

is a model for holistic wellbeing that underpins much of our approach to support and care for students, staff and families here at Faith.

While being a fantastic addition to our College culture, Friday’s presence definitely promotes our commitment to PERMAH as he roams through the grounds, creating moments of joy (positive emotion), advocating for engagement between community members, and playing a meaningful role in maintaining positive mental health.

Good boy, Friday!

Article Information

Newsletter Article

Author:

Liam Hensel and Jo Vivian

Published:

Friday, August 20 2021

Excerpt:

Friday, the College’s facility dog, has not only become one of the favourite parts of our Wellbeing on Wednesday program, but a true champion for the PERMAH wellbeing framework here at Faith!

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